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What annoys you when driving?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by peter12171, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    There is no excuse for 4 people to go to the supermarket together.

    One of the worst culprits in my local Waitrose has a mobility scooter, she drives along an aisle, parks at 45 degrees and gets out to reach the shelf.

    Like you I shall reign myself in at this point, my required etiquette could become very expansive.
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    If it is an automatic you have to keep your foot on the brake pedal to stop the car creeping forward.
  3. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I used to get annoyed by certain road abusing behaviours, now a days I mostly just get 'expected that . . . and sigh'.
    I do spend a lot of time in a Zen-like meditative state, sort of relaxed but hyper alert to what's going on around me, and do a silent running commentary in my head of what other drivers are about to do. You can nearly always tell, simply because there are so many 'tells'.
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  4. elledriver

    elledriver Lead commenter

    Like there's no alternative to Drive.
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  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    It takes some justifying for why I should accompany my sweetheart, or to be more precise, why she accompanies me. On my own, I'd be in and out with all we need in five minutes and be a hundred quid better off on each visit.
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  6. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    Car share? Parent, non-driver parent, kids was our 4 to the supermarket.
  7. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Yeah, but you could have locked the kids in the car with a responsible adult and be back again with all the shopping you needed in a fraction of the time it took to gather the kids up and argue the toss with other shoppers about whether you were a fit person to raise them and have a go at me for clouting them when I'd had enough of them sucking on my shopping at the till.

    It ain't rocket science.

    If kids don't have money of their own to spend, what the fuque are the doing in shops?
  8. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Together with the fact that putting the car in Park or Neutral, you are saving wear on the torque converter, which can be an expensive piece of equipment to replace.
  9. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Admittedly a #firstworldproblem, but while we're on the subject of supermarkets and driving, I always try to park my camper van as far away from other cars as possible if I go to a supermarket, ideally in one bay with its bum overhanging some grass. This is because it's difficult to pull a vehicle that occupies one and a half bays in length and a full bay in width out of the middle of a packed parking area. Not impossible, but bloody difficult.

    So, guess what happens whenever I park it well away from other cars? Correct, I'll return with my trolley to find a car parked so close next to it that I struggle to even open the side door to unload the shopping.
  10. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Having been a member of two large families (by modern standards as both contained 3 kids) I would beg to differ
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  11. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    Nobody ever took offence to our children in any situation. Silent or pleasant on train, bus or plane; inoffensive in restaurants (apart from breastfeeding); total strangers used to comment on how well behaved they were.
    That's because I never took them out without extensive prep and planning or another adult. That's why 2 kids and 2 parents worked in the supermarket.
    Jeez some citizens are never appreciative.
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  12. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I was obviously a less efficient parent:oops:
    They listened carefully to the preparation and then, all too frequently, totally disgraced themselves.

    It must be a genetic failing as their children are much the same :D
  13. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    Why do people do that? If I see that a person not good at parking has leant over the line, I b ...er off somewhere else on the grounds that if they're that rubbish at getting in, they might well scrape me getting out. If I see a large car in a standard bay, I park somewhere else. Anyone not doing the same needs some serious frowning at. Here's one: :mad:
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  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Nothing like getting a serious frowning to bring one to heel.
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  15. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    It helps if the driver is actually in the car but I must admit that sometimes a serious frown is directed at the errr... machine.
  16. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    The point of having an automatic is you don't need to change gear! Doh!
  17. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    Very timely comment. GD2 is an err.. assertive child. Commented in passing to her other Gran that I counted 3 tantrums in all my children's lives ever and that it's maybe an individual kinda thing. Other Grandma said dil was calm but her brother was tantrummy and we both agreed was Prob individual human difference.

    Sadly offspring inferred it as criticism of selves as result of one and a half salaries being required to support family

    #can't do right for doing wrong
  18. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I'm wondering what I've done to upset you all. :( I'm a very careful driver and love my new Audi A1. :)
  19. Incommunicado

    Incommunicado Occasional commenter

    Driving (for many miles) along a section of motorway restricted to 50mph, with a comfortable braking distance between me and the vehicle in front; a large lorry behind me doing a steady 55mph gets nearer and nearer to my rear-end and then starts flashing me to go faster. Why do they do this? What do they think would be gained if I were to eat up the braking distance I am leaving? I am travelling just as fast as the car in front. I have no intention of shortening the said braking distance.
  20. Incommunicado

    Incommunicado Occasional commenter

    Waiting at red lights on a main road for them to change so that I can then make my intended left turn. Why can't I (and others wishing to do the same) just go if there is nothing to stop me, especially if we are in a filter-left lane?

    In Canada (where you drive on the right) you can virtually always turn right at crossroads or junctions if it is safe to do so even when facing a red light. There is substantially better traffic flow as a result.
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